Ohio Citizens PAC
P.O. Box 6211
Akron, OH 44312
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
TEA PARTY CANDIDATE STEVE KRAUS DEFEATS OHIO DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN CHRIS REDFERN IN RACE FOR OHIO HOUSE 89th DISTRICT
Akron, OH – In a major victory by the Ohio TEA Party Movement, TEA Party Republican Candidate Steve Kraus from Sandusky, Ohio, has defeated Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern for Ohio House seat in the 89th District that includes Erie and Ottawa Counties. Redfern had been in the Ohio House since 1999 and has been State Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party since 2005. Kraus made a strong but unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2012. He decided to run for Ohio House against Redfern after the Ohio Republican Party showed little interest in fielding a candidate in the race. Kraus got little support from the ORP even after early poling showed him with a small lead. The Ohio Citizens PAC did robo calls into the district as did the TEA Party run Ohio Republican PAC in an effort to get Kraus over the top. Kraus won 51% to 49%.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, said, “Steve is a great citizen candidate who will faithfully represent the people of Erie and Ottawa County – not himself or some political party. He ran a terrific race two years ago but I was surprised when he told me he thought that he could beat the Ohio Democratic Chairman. But he worked very hard and ran a great race and with a little help from his friends in the TEA Party he pulled off the biggest upset in the State tonight. Hopefully this will stop the whining by Republicans who claim we never go after Democrats. This win proves that the TEA Party does not care about political parties, we care about people and the way government serves them.”